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Jack Lack is a mainstreamed eleven-year-old with high-functioning autism. Because he can "talk and did well on spelling tests," he doesn't qualify for the sanctuary of the autism classroom, but instead has been thrown into the BD/JD [behavior-disordered/juvenile delinquent] classroom, which is full of wise-cracking malcontents. Jack is the only one who doesn't constantly misbehave, but because he lacks social skills, he is the one who is ...
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Jack Lack is a mainstreamed eleven-year-old with high-functioning autism. Because he can "talk and did well on spelling tests," he doesn't qualify for the sanctuary of the autism classroom, but instead has been thrown into the BD/JD [behavior-disordered/juvenile delinquent] classroom, which is full of wise-cracking malcontents. Jack is the only one who doesn't constantly misbehave, but because he lacks social skills, he is the one who is invariably blamed for everyone else's misdeeds.

After a "typical" school day, Jack returns home to find out that he and his parents will be spending a month with his extended family, to help plan his eccentric Aunt Eva's second wedding. The good news is that he will be taken out of school; the bad news is that he will have to spend that month with his scheming, nefarious cousins, who have always been "out to get him."

And in fact, as the month progresses, mysterious things happen, things that (of course) Jack is always blamed for. Determined to prove his innocence, Jack becomes a self-styled detective, hunting for clues to find the real villain. In the process, he ends up finding out things about himself and his extended family that surprise everyone.

Cover art by Lauren Williams.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781412012492
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/13/2003
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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James Williams co-wrote his first book, The Self-Help Guide for Special Kids and Their Parents, when he was eight, and it was published when he was eleven. Out to Get Jack, his first novel, was written when he was thirteen, and now at the age of fifteen, James is completing his fourth novel. All of his stories, he says, are about "people who are misunderstood," and it is his belief that "the best way to communicate truth is to present it as fiction." James lives with his parents and two sisters in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    Such a cool book!

    This is one of the best books that I have ever read!!! This is a MUST READ book!!!! It is about 8-year-old Jack Lack, an autistic boy who is forced to deal with his unbelieveable parents, and the evil, nasty kids in his classroom at school. The story starts where Jack is forced to go on a month long vacation to visit his relatives because his Aunt Eva (I call her Aunt Evil) is getting married. As the marrige comes closer, strange incidents keep happening (for eg. the power shutting off in the zoo) and no matter what the context is, or no matter how ubsurd the accusation is, Jack is always blamed for being the culprit. Are these incidents happening without warning? Or is someone, OUT TO GET JACK It is one of my favorite books, and think the author is really cool! I hope that you will write lots more books, or you will expect me to write you a letter! The info says that it's for Middle School aged students, but it really is good for all ages, and even adults. It's funny, mysterious, cute, and lovable. My favorite part is where the preist gets sick right before the wedding, and so they are forced to use MICROSOFT (R) WEDDING (makers of Microsoft(r) divorce)!! Isn't that a riot? But what I like best about that scene is that at the end of them programming how they want their wedding to be, is says, 'Thank you for using Microsoft Wedding. Would you like another wedding?' It's so hilarious. Also, the artwork on the front is awesome! It portrays the whole mood of the book right away. One more thing. I think that the most amazing part of all of this is that the author is only 15!!!! It just boggles the mind. Most adults can't write as good as that, and I thought he was like 40! The books great, everything is clearly written, and I am going to recommend this to everyone that I know!! And I will say it again, this is a MUST READ BOOK!!!! Trust me, you won't regret it.

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